The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BiblePsalms 18:11
He made darkness his secret place…
Which, and the dark
waters in the next clause, are the same with the thick clouds in the
last, in which Jehovah is represented as wrapping himself, and in which
he lies hid as in a secret place; not so as that he cannot see others,
as wicked men imagine, (Job 22:13,14) ; but as that he cannot be beheld
by others; the Targum interprets it,
``he caused his Shechinah to dwell in darkness;''
his pavilion round about him [were] dark waters, [and] thick clouds of
these were as a tent or tabernacle, in which he dwelt unseen
by men; see (Job 36:29) ; all this may design the dark dispensation of
the Jews, after their rejection and crucifixion of Christ; when God
departed from them, left their house desolate, and them without his
presence and protection; when the light of the Gospel was taken away
from them, and blindness happened unto them, and they had eyes that
they should not see, and were given up to a judicial darkness of mind
and hardness of heart; which were some of the dark, deep, and
mysterious methods of divine Providence, with respect to which God may
be said to be surrounded with darkness, dark waters, and thick clouds;
see (Romans 11:7,8,25,32,33) .
The New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Psalm 18:11". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=ps&chapter=018&verse=011>. 1999.